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Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2015 and 2016 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
To receive the Young Traveler discount, the age of the traveler must qualify at start date of the vacation. Does not apply to custom groups. Discount is applicable to any accommodation. Additional restrictions may apply.
Experience the sites and landmarks of northern France, starting in Paris, the “City of Light.” Enjoy a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and a guided orientation of the city’s main highlights: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and many more. Visit Giverny with its splendid Monet Gardens, see Rouen with its impressive cathedral, admire Normandy’s striking coastline with memories of D-Day, and relive William the Conqueror’s feats as embroidered in the Bayeux tapestry. The wonder of Mont St. Michel is next, then St. Malo, Rennes, and two overnights in the Loire Valley. On the way back to Paris, visit Blois with its renaissance castle and gothic Chartres cathedral. Spend a final night in Paris to celebrate your vacation “joie de vivre!”
Day 1: Arrive in Paris, France.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the French capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2: Paris.
One full day to explore the city that’s known throughout the world for its fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included sightseeing with a local expert starts with an inside visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, many of the best-known Parisian sights: La Sorbonne, Arc de Triomphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. Optional excursions are also available. (B)
Day 3: Paris–Giverny–Rouen–Honfleur–Deauville.
Start the day with a visit to Giverny, home of painter Claude Monet. The famous water garden at Giverny was the inspiration behind some of Monet's finest work (gardens open from April onwards). Continue to Rouen to visit its great cathedral. Next, enjoy a stop in lovely Honfleur and then continue to the seaside resort of Deauville for an overnight. (B,D)
Day 4: Deauville–Normandy Landing Beaches–Bayeux–Mont St. Michel.
This morning, visit the nearby legendary beaches of Normandy, where the Allied troops landed more than 60 years ago. The highlights are Arromanches and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, to Bayeux, famed for its lace-making and the world-renowned Bayeux Tapestry (included visit). Then, southwards to visit Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island reached by a causeway. (B)
Day 5: Mont St. Michel–St. Malo–Rennes–Loire Valley.
Drive along the coast to the fortified seaside resort of St. Malo to admire its cathedral and ancient walls. Continue to Rennes with its traditional colorful timber-framed houses. Later, reach Amboise for two overnights. (B)
Day 6: Loire Valley.
A whole day to take advantage of a fascinating optional excursion and visit the Châteaux of Chenonceaux, now privately owned and the most visited castle of the Loire Valley, and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. (B,D)
Day 7: Loire Valley–Blois–Chartres–Paris.
Start the day with a visit to picturesque Blois, with its renaissance castle located in the town center and once occupied by Louis XII. Later, another highlight is the visit of Chartres, home of the famous gothic cathedral. Reach Paris well in time to enjoy an optional excursion. (B)
Day 8: Paris.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
The Operator tour guide was somewhat knowledgable but she gave some wrong/incomplete information that led to confusion.
Excellent quality for the price. Tour director was very experienced and the driver was safe. Lots of information. Days are quite long with not much free time but very worthwhile since the tour is only a week.
We just returned from a wonderful Cosmos tour of Normandy and the Loire Valley of France. Our tour director, was the best we've ever had, he knew all the sites to see and how to plan our time. We will definitely book another Cosmos holiday through Affordable Tours!
Very good trip! I'd prefer it to have more museum tours and less expensive optional excursions.
I enjoyed the Tour tremendously. Hotels were great with the exception of the Campanile Porte D'Italie in Paris on the last day. (Nov 8th) Restaurant staff was rude, and location inconvenient for Paris activity. All else was great!! Optional tours were all wonderful!!
Ou tour Director was simply brilliant: very knowledgeable, caring, positive, lots of fun etc.
Regarding accomodations: all hotels were good except our final night in Paris. Not only was the hotel bad (no AC & rude staff), it was located in a rather sketchy area of the city. This aside, the tour was fabulous.
This was an excellent trip - made especially memorable with the expertise, friendliness, and professional handling of the Tour Director.
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